Liberty running back Kyle Ahrens trains with hot yoga

December 8, 2009

Liberty High School running back Kyle Ahrens strikes the warrior pose, a classic yoga position at Issaquah Hot Yoga. Although the temperature soars past 100 degrees in the studio, Ahrens keeps his focus. By Tim Pfarr

Liberty High School running back Kyle Ahrens strikes the warrior pose, a classic yoga position at Issaquah Hot Yoga. Although the temperature soars past 100 degrees in the studio, Ahrens keeps his focus. By Tim Pfarr

Hot yoga. It’s not just stretching in a comfortably warm room; it’s a grueling workout in scorching temperatures that climb past 100 degrees.

Before the 2008 football season, Liberty High School coaches encouraged their players to take up the activity, and about a dozen made the trip to Issaquah Hot Yoga to give it a try.

“I was like, ‘Wait, yoga?’” Liberty running back Kyle Ahrens recalled asking when head coach Steve Valach first suggested the activity.

“It was definitely a workout,” Ahrens said recalling his first trip to the studio. “We were definitely not expecting it to be as difficult as it was.”

Ahrens did yoga about once every two weeks during the football season and about once a month during the offseason.

“It’s a love/hate relationship with yoga,” he said. “The amount you sweat is ridiculous.”

As the 2009 season began, Ahrens continued to hit the yoga studio, increasing his flexibility and improving his football game.

“It definitely helps with flexibility,” he said, adding that it also increased his quickness. Read more

Contamination concerns taint future for Overdale water supply

December 8, 2009

Overdale Park residents — concerned for years about arsenic contamination in a well drilled to serve the community — are worried about how water will be supplied to the northwest Issaquah neighborhood in the future. Read more

Issaquah Highlands residents await retail development

December 8, 2009

When Issaquah Highlands developer Port Blakely Communities announced plans for a neighborhood movie theater in late summer, highlands residents were told the proposal for a long-promised grocery store would be revealed within several weeks. Read more

Fellow boarders

December 8, 2009

‘I’m pleasantly surprised,’ said Santa Claus, standing with (from left) skateboarders Will Nogueira, Caleb Elam, Jonny Simms, Tommy Quinteros and Nick Boller at Issaquah’s tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 5 at East Sunset Way and Front Street North. ‘I like to snowboard, so I’m a brother boarder,’ Santa added. By Greg Farrar

‘I’m pleasantly surprised,’ said Santa Claus, standing with (from left) skateboarders Will Nogueira, Caleb Elam, Jonny Simms, Tommy Quinteros and Nick Boller at Issaquah’s tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 5 at East Sunset Way and Front Street North. ‘I like to snowboard, so I’m a brother boarder,’ Santa added. By Greg Farrar

Virl I. Luck

December 8, 2009

Virl I. Luck died Nov. 30, 2009, at Providence Marianwood, Issaquah. She was 86. Read more

Toy drive gives youth a better Christmas

December 8, 2009

As you’re making your list and checking it twice, save a few spaces on it for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Read more

Football Notebook

December 8, 2009

When Western Washington University terminated its football program last year, it meant many players had to seek other colleges to continue their careers. Among those players finding new homes were Skyline High School graduates Zach Schrader, Nick Rocco and Nick Cragin. Read more

Off The Press

December 8, 2009

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

’Tis plenty of ways to give this holiday season

‘Tis the season to be jolly. And ‘tis better to give than receive. How about being jolly and giving?

Budgets are tighter than ever for some people. And the holidays, when you should be able to relax and treat yourself and others, often make tight budgets feel even worse than they would otherwise.

In the time I have lived in this fair city, I know that when I have needed things, various people have provided them in various ways. That’s how Issaquah people are. Kind, caring and giving. I’ve done my best to give back as often as possible — kind of a pay-it-forward policy, if you will.

Here are some things you can do to make the season brighter for others, which always comes back to you, thereby making the season brighter for you, too. Read more

Community calendar

December 8, 2009

Events

Girl Scouts host bazaar The Girl Scout troops 50262 and 50121 hold their Bazaar for the Issaquah Service Unit from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front. St. N. On sale will be hand-made item by Girl Scouts, including beautiful wreaths, soy candles, knitted hats, cute beaded socks, hand-painted T-shirts, doggy biscotti, jewelry and many other wonderful gifts. Please help support your local Girl Scout troops by stopping by. The girls are raising money for trips and activities; one troop is working toward a camping trip in Alaska after graduation to celebrate 13 years of Girl Scouts. Contributed

Girl Scouts host bazaar The Girl Scout troops 50262 and 50121 hold their Bazaar for the Issaquah Service Unit from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front. St. N. On sale will be hand-made item by Girl Scouts, including beautiful wreaths, soy candles, knitted hats, cute beaded socks, hand-painted T-shirts, doggy biscotti, jewelry and many other wonderful gifts. Please help support your local Girl Scout troops by stopping by. The girls are raising money for trips and activities; one troop is working toward a camping trip in Alaska after graduation to celebrate 13 years of Girl Scouts. Contributed

Fern Life Center’s Client Appreciation Holiday Open House is from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 9 at 710 Fifth Ave. N.W. There will be fun mini experiences of yoga, massages and hand treatments to leave you centered, energized and relaxed. Receive a 10 percent discount off all products when you bring in a nonperishable food donation for the Issaquah Food Bank. Receive a vata skin cream for each adult friend you bring. Call 391-3376.

Eastside Catholic High School hosts an open house for prospective families from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at its campus, 232 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Go to www.eastsidecatholic.org or call 295-3001.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church presents A Little Night Music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. This special concert by local young classical musicians is to raise funds for the Ngateu Secondary School in Tanzania. Arthur Zadinsky, from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, will share insights about the music performed, featuring a conductorless teenage string chamber orchestra and string quartet. The church is at 24850 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. Offerings will be taken at the door.

Issaquah Christian Church’s annual Christmas Tree Lot is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 24 at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Proceeds help support church missions, including building homes in Mexico. There will be hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and cookie treats with Christmas caroling. Call 392-5848 or go to www.iccweb.org. Read more

Liberty’s solar panels nearly ready

December 8, 2009

Sustainability curriculum to follow

Liberty High School’s solar panels have been installed just behind the reader board at the entrance to the school’s parking lot. By Tim Pfarr

Liberty High School’s solar panels have been installed just behind the reader board at the entrance to the school’s parking lot. By Tim Pfarr

The installation of Liberty High School’s new solar panels is nearly complete, and the school will likely adopt new sustainability curricula into its science classes next semester.

Science teacher Mark Buchli said the school’s panels were supposed to be installed in August, but contracting difficulties delayed the installation until October.

“It’s been a long haul,” he said, noting that the project has been in the works for two years.

Liberty’s nine solar panels now sit atop a pole about 20 feet from the ground, just behind the reader board at the entrance to the parking lot. Read more

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